CONFIRMATION CEREMONY IS SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 2021 AT 9:30AM AND NOON
There are several different components of our preparation for Confirmation. All of these components are designed to align with Archdiocesan norms and to develop each candidate's personal faith life.
Sponsor Eligibility Form- Due APRIL 17, 2021
A Confirmation sponsor is a trusted companion on your faith journey. He or she is to accompany you, challenge you, and support you in your relationship with God. A Confirmation sponsor MUST:
- Be 16 years of age or older
- Be someone other than your parent
- Be an active Catholic (have received their Baptism, 1st Eucharist, and Confirmation, as well as be in good standing with the Church)
After finding a sponsor, please invite them to the Rite of Enrollment Mass & Workshop on either April 17 or 18. The reception & workshop is for you and your sponsor only. Then, have your sponsor complete the Sponsor Eligibility Form (LINK COMING SOON). The form needs to be signed by your sponsor's pastor.
If you are struggling to find a sponsor, please call Luisa Palting for support! She is happy to help discuss options and even connect you with a sponsor through the parish.
Rite of Enrollment Card- Due APRIL 17
The Rite of Enrollment Mass contains a small ceremony that allows the parish to formally recognize and welcome you as members of the Confirmation process. It is a regular Mass, except that the Confirmation students will be called up before the sanctuary as a group so that they can receive a blessing from the priest and congregation. When students are called before the sanctuary, they should bring their Rite of Enrollment Card (LINK COMING SOON), for it will be collected in a basket before they take their seats again. The Rite of Enrollment Card contains a place for the parent's and candidate's signature to affirm their desire as a family to be involved in the Confirmation process.
Due by SEPT. 12
As Christians, we strive to become more like Jesus. One of the ways we do this is through service of our neighbors. For this reason, service is a crucial (and eye-opening!) component Christian life and of the Confirmation process. We ask that students complete 10 hours of service between the time when they sign up for Confirmation (January) and their first week of classes (September). 5 hours of service is to be dedicated to those who are marginalized and 5 hours of service is to be dedicated to activities at the parish. Consider signing up to do service with your sponsor or parent! (Certain in-parish activities may require adult clearance to participate, please contact Luisa with questions.) At the end of our service experience, please complete a thoughtful reflection on your Service Card (LINK COMING SOON).
Due by SEPT. 12
Prayer is simply a life-giving connection with the God who loves us. Prayer was the foundation of Jesus' life; he often left the crowds to have some quiet time with the Father and even taught his disciples the "Our Father" prayer. During the Confirmation process, we are asking each student to try one new, communal form of prayer. There is a "type" of prayer for everyone! Prayer opportunities will be discussed at Parent/Candidate information session. At the end of your prayer experience, please complete a thoughtful reflection on your Prayer Card (FORM COMING SOON).
Saint Name Reflection- Due by SEPT. 12
The tradition of adopting a new name for one's Confirmation is rooted in Scripture. Often times, when a person received a new mission from God, they were given a new name as well (Abram to Abraham in Genesis 17:5, Jacob to Israel in Genesis 32:28, Simon to Peter in Matthew 16:18). In Confirmation, you receive a new mission to spread of the love of God, and you're invited to choose a Saint Name to symbolize this.
Once you have chosen a Saint, please write a thoughtful Saint Name Reflection (FORM COMING SOON).
Letter to the Bishop- FIRM DUE DATE by SEPT. 26
Confirmation ceremonies are celebrated by the local bishops to emphasize the Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation into the larger church community. Each Confirmation class writes to their bishop to tell the him about their Confirmation experience. This allows the bishop to get to know you in a more personal way before your ceremony. A template will be provided in class for the letter to the Bishop.